Buy Organic Eggs to Avoid Salmonella Poisoning? Maybe Not

Shopping for organic or local farm stand eggs may not help you avoid salmonella poisoning.

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If your eggs aren't part of the recall, can you rest easy?

Actually, you can never assume that fresh eggs are bacteria-free unless they've been pasteurized. That means you should avoid eating raw or undercooked eggs—no raw cookie dough, cake batter, or soft-boiled eggs—and always wash your hands after handling raw eggs. [Avoid Salmonella: 4 Steps to Take Now]

Do you need medical treatment if you think you've been infected with salmonella?

Your doctor could prescribe antibiotics, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most people recover without any drug treatment. Symptoms like fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea can be nasty but usually disappear within a week. The most important thing is to prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids. And avoid preparing food for others, since the bacteria can be spread from person to person. Although some foodborne illnesses are associated with high rates of hospitalization and death, salmonella only causes life-threatening symptoms in rare cases. Out of 1.4 million Americans who become infected every year, says Wiedmann, only about 500 people die from it.